Humans will never lose the thirst for innovation. For example, people have been trying to build a better mousetrap for centuries. Some inventions (or modifications to existing products) turn out to be a huge success. Think how far the technology has come in our electronics in the past few decades. Oftentimes, however, it’s probably fair to say that new innovations are better left off the desks of employees in a patent office.
Fortunately for car enthusiasts, the patent for the turbocharger didn’t go unnoticed. Due to their great qualities, diesel turbochargers in Fredericktown, OH are quite common nowadays. Here’s some things you need to know about them.
What is a diesel turbocharger?
If you know that cars spew out exhaust fumes from their tailpipes, you probably know they smell terrible, and that those exhaust fumes are bad for the environment. But did you know that a car’s exhaust fumes also waste its energy? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to turn those exhaust fumes into energy for the car and make it go faster? Well, there is! A turbocharger in a car basically uses exhaust fumes to make the car more efficient.
How does a diesel turbocharger work?
A diesel turbocharger is basically two fans (also known as impellers or gas pumps) that sit on a metal shaft and spin around together. One fan, called the turbine, is blown by the exhaust stream coming from the engine’s cylinders. As the turbine spins, the fans rotate the shaft they’re connected to. As the second fan (the compressor) spins with the turbine, it draws air into the engine and forces it down into the cylinders, effectively creating more power for the car.
What are the advantages of diesel turbochargers?
A turbocharger is going to give your car a significant increase in horsepower without the need to pay to install a larger engine. A smaller turbocharged engine (like a turbocharged V6) can provide the same output as a non-turbocharged engine like a V8. Speaking of which, a smaller engine requires less fuel to operate than a larger one, so you’ll be saving money at the fuel pump if you install a turbocharger in a V6 engine rather than buying a car with a V8. Finally, a turbocharger works to ensure the car is utilizing all of the energy that would usually be lost to exhaust fumes.
What are the disadvantages of diesel turbochargers?
Diesel turbochargers in Fredericktown, OH run extremely hot, and are thus more demanding on engine oil. Often times, turbochargers lag a bit when you really hit the gas. This isn’t the best for people looking to get a hot start right when a stoplight turns green. There is also a threshold for turbochargers to be effective, as above a certain number of RPMs, there can’t be enough exhaust flow to make the turbocharger operate.
The choice to install a turbocharger in your car is ultimately up to you. If you decide you’d like to live a turbocharged life, give Purrformance Diesel a call today to see what we can do for you!